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as much to me as the chance toward america's highest civilian medal to these recipients here today. this is a chance for me and for the united states of america to say thank-you to some of the finest citizens of this country and all countries. the men and women honored today have led very different lives, receiving many different degrees. they are pioneers in science and medicine. they have made their mark in the courtroom, the community, and in congress. what unites them is a belief that most, forgive me for those who are not americans, but for what we believe to be those most american of the leaves. that our lives are what we make of them. no barriers of race, gender, or physical infirmity constrain the spirit. -- can constrain the spirit. the recipients of the medal of freedom did not set out to win this, or any other award. they did not set out in pursuit of glory or fame or riches, they set out guided by passion and hard work, aided by persistence, often with few advantages but the gifts, grace, and a good name given to them by god. let them stand as an example here in the uni
a fair deal when it comes to health care in america. please give max bacchus a round of applause. [applause] one of my favorite people in washington, probably because he has not gone washington, given up for john tester. he still gets the same hair cut. [applause] your own star here in montana, please give brian schweitzer and his lovely wife, nancy, a big round of applause. [applause] the lieutenant governor, john bollinger, is here. give him a big round of applause. [applause] [applause] and one of the greatest secretary of the interior is in our history, former senator for colorado, can salazar is here. it is nice to be backed, nice to break. i am thrilled to have a chance to spend some time with the folks in this beautiful state. here in montana, you have bears and moose and helped -- helped -- elk, and in washington, you have mostly bowls. so this is a nice change of pace. i especially want to thank katie for her introduction. [applause] where did katy go. there she is, right there. her willingness to talk about such a painful experience is important because it is necessary
a $5,000 refundable tax credit to go anywhere in america and get health insurance they think best meets their needs. we eliminate this problem that this nurse is talking about of hospital remissions, which is a tremendous increase in cost. we can do so many reforms, but we are incentivize and fitness as well. >> i am concerned not only for me and my children and unborn grandchildren, but i feel that this has a lot more to do with than just health care. for the first time in my life, i'm concerned about my freedom. clap up -- [applause] my question to you is, i've heard those in congress who want to bypass the constitution. if they are going to do that, do we get a say in that? because i want the right to speak my own mind and make my own decisions. >> on the issue of freedom, i just came back from a trip with lindsey graham and joe lieberman and senator susan collins to yemen, afghanistan, iraq, and i can tell you, we have the freest and most wonderful nation in the world. [applause] i believe we will protect your freedom. the second part of your question was that -- >> [inaudible] >> y
: during last year's presidential race, then senator obama repeatedly promised america that -- as goes 41 goes 44? now, the pressures of another campaign promise like healthcare seem to leave a few options. secretary gives -- gibbs basically tried to reverse what secretaries geithner and sommers said yesterday. >> it was clear it you look at the transcripts of what secretary geithner and larry summers said yesterday was once the economy recovers, to tackle the deficit, it is not without reason that we should look at raising taxes on the middle- class. after several go-arounds with reporters, a bit exasperated, robert gibbs of for this final summation. >> present it made a promise on the campaign. he is clear about the commitment, and he is going to keep it. >> what is that commitment? not to raise taxes on families earning less than $250,000. at one point, he was asked about the word "commitment," instead of "promise" or "pledged." shepard: i wonder about troubled loans because they come out of white houses, people from the right and left. i wonder if i'm the middle class, and they say th
. the fastest growing minority population in america, which at some point will continue to grow and be a very, very powerful voting block. judge sonia sotomayor, the young woman from the bronx, n.y., who paid her way and earned her way and impressed a lot of people along the way. she has no major place in history. -- she has made her place in history. >> we do not know where she is. she may be at the white house. when justice samuel alito underwent this process, he was watching television at the white house with president bush. as soon as they learned he had the right number of votes, they swore him in. when the chief justice went through this, he was invited over and was sworn in within three hours. my guess is that she will be justice sonia sotomayor before the sun goes down today, or at the latest at noon tomorrow. i have reason to believe that her colleagues at the supreme court will return from their vacations to meet her and shake her hand and swear in at lunchtime friday tomorrow. shepard: why the rush? >> she has to move to new york. she has to hire the rest of her staff. she has to p
, well, it wouldn't be so bad if this breadwinner brought home a little more bread. repower america. i hope our senators are listening. shepard: continuing coverage now with the passing of senator kennedy as the motorcade makes its way toward boston. i was led to believe there would be live pictures and you would be seeing them now, but clearly, you are not. q. are seeing me. in a few minutes, we will take you back down to nasa where the center is about to launch a rocket into space. that is three or four minutes from now. live coverage from that. live pictures coming in from boston. they are in a commercial break at the moment. let's go back to our guest now, edward klein is with us. we have talked about the last days. what details do you know about when he found out that he had cancer and that it was terminal? >> this happened in may 2008. basically, what happened is he had a daughter who had breast cancer. the chairman of the house committee had gotten his chief aide on the health committee to gather what they call anti- cancer group together to see what could be done. he did exactl
, but it is at a time when congress is, as you point out, reading -- the rating corporate america for flying those jets. these are comfortable planes used to go overseas. spending for overseas travel is up tenfold. part is fuel, but most is planes. lobbyists were able to teach -- take congress people overseas on travel. new laws say that they cannot. as a result, congress has turned to a congressional airforce operated by the u.s. military, primarily, and increases travel. on one hand, you want them to be educated about the world, and as you point out, this is but democrats and republicans. on the other hand, some of this travel is a bit suspect. they might go to afghanistan for one day, spend eight days in italy, as nancy pelosi did with a group of eight congress people. if you travel of the plane, -- on the plane, you can bring your staff for free. shepard: they cost about $5,700 an hour to fly, and dc-037's cost about $3,000 an hour. i wonder if there will be enough public backlash to make them reconsider, or if this is not really what is deemed as a necessary experience. >> there is a tiny bit of t
. for america he was a defender of a dream. shepard: one of his dreams was universal health care for all americans. a battle that rages on capitol hill now. it was the mission of his life. major garrett is following the president as he vacations. how will this shape the health care debate going forward? how has kennedy's illness affected it up until now? >> that is the better point and better question. if senator kennedy had been in washington these many months while the health-care debate had progressed, there are a couple of things he would have been able to do on behalf of the obama white house. he would have been the lead senate advocate, found out the political limitations from his republican colleagues. he was notorious for compromise and confrontation, giving the white house and aft and precise legislative and political road map. clearly true on the democratic side, christopher dodd has sat in in senator kennedy's instead, but senator dodd does not have the bipartisan chops that senator kennedy did. all of those things, taken together, left a real vacuum in the u.s. senate on this
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of the organizing for america, streaming live town hall that the president is having. this is with some of his most ardent supporters. it is a new name for what was obama for america during the campaign. in those remarks, the president spent about three or four mins describing the health care -- what health-care reform is not. it does not have death panels. it will not be constituted as a completely government-run program. even to his most loyal supporters, those who you would assume have already digested what they believe health care is and set aside what it is not, the president still having to describe what exactly it is not. gregg: major garrett, thank you very much. meanwhile, fox news now confirming that the cia once reached out to a private security contractor to help catch or kill al qaeda operatives in afghanistan. we are told this controversial operation never got past the planning stage. sources telling fox news that the cia approached blackwater about that plan back in 2004. it provides highly specialized military-style training and private security in war zones. in recent years, the mi
... and for me, well, it wouldn't be so bad if this breadwinner brought home a little more bread. repower america. i hope our senators are listening. shepard: an update on the convicted man in the lock bee bombing in 1988. he's one step closer now to being allowed to die back in his homeland of libya. a court has ruled that he could drop an appeal against his conviction. that would remove a legal hurdle that would prevent him from being transferred to libya. this is the aftermath of the bombing. this suspect, or now convicted, las advanced prostrate cancer and has been given months to live. the government and many relatives of many victims say he should stay right there where he is until his sentence has been served. they were once bitter rivals battling it out for the democratic presidential nomination. as we know president obama now prevailed over the secretary of state hillary clinton but it appears some of the tables turned at least as popularity is concerned. president obama is in a bit of a mess these days. secretary clinton is surging in the polls along with her husband, former president.
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by the next generation of battery technology made here in the u.s.a. right here in america. shepard: as recent polls find many are pessimistic about the economy. 79% said they thought the economy was poor. this is in a g.f.k. roper public affairs poll. 15% said they thought it was good. with us now abc news political reporter rick klein. i guess he is trying to do some convincing today. >> yes, he has gone back to elkhart. he said he has thought of this as emblematic of whether he will be a success. he needs the per session of the economy to-perception of the economy to turn around. they spent so much on the economy but when you look at hard hit parts people don't believe it. shepard: there is a mental battle going on with healthcare. it would appear the republicans are winning the message war. on the economy is there a sense of whether the president could be winning? >> unclear. and you look at numbers of this but people thought the economy was in very bad shape before he took office so i think they are willing to cut him some slack as he takes over as the stimulus begins to kick in. but as
a long and vigorous debate about this, and that is how it should be. that is what america is about. we have vigorous debate. that is why we have a democracy. but i do hope that we will talk with each other and not over each other. shepard: president obama is trying to get everyone on board, but nationwide, it does not appear to be working. the white house appears at this point to be losing the battle. you have seen a lot of fireworks lately. tell us about the tone of this event. >> outside, it has been very feisty, but inside, it was very respectful, bonilla, -- vanilla, calm. the president going around trying to find some opposition. one woman got up and said she was a pose. he winked at her, and she fell apart. shepard: the president addressed some of the tactics. >> he called the misinformation tactics. he took on one thing that has been out there possibly about how your health care may change. let's listen. >> the rumor that has been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the house of representatives voted for death panels that will basically pull the plug on grandma. >
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